On October 19th, 2020 the City Council voted 5-2 requesting Mayor Shaun Sipma issue a citywide mask mandate. The mandate requires anyone within the City of Minot city limits to wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in all indoor or outdoor environments where they are exposed to non-household members and where social distancing of six-feet or more cannot be maintained.
The Mayoral declaration will allow for some exceptions for
- Individuals younger than school-aged
- While actively eating or drinking
- Performing a job that is inhibited by the use of masks and cannot maintain a six-foot distance
- Driving with people from your household or alone
- Competing in athletic activities where a six-foot distance is not achievable, and a mask inhibits the activity
- Receiving services that require access to the face for security, surveillance, or other purposes. Individuals may temporarily remove a face covering while receiving those services
- Engaging in religious worship activities; however, face coverings are strongly encouraged
- Giving a speech or performance for broadcast or to an audience; however, those persons shall safely distance from nearby individuals.
These measures are being mandated with the strongest possible recommendation, however, there is no penalty for non-compliance with the mandate.
The mandate is effective immediately and it will remain in effect until the current state of emergency ends. The Mayor or City Council can modify or terminate the mandate sooner by a motion of resolution approved by the City Council.
Wearing and caring for your mask properly is essential when masking up. Follow the links below to find CDC recommendations on mask usage.
How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask
How to Wear Masks
Considerations for Wearing Masks
Storing and Washing Your Masks